John Foulds.

John Foulds was a member of the Palliser Expedition. The Palliser Expedition, (185760), was initiated by John Palliser, who submitted to the Royal Geographical Society a plan to travel from the Red River Colony to and through the Rocky Mountains along the unsurveyed American boundary. Palliser arranged to employ a number of Metis (12) and other Red River men to assist his scientific party. In the summer of 1857 the expedition left Lower Fort Garry with horses and carts, and with supplies provided by the Hudson’s Bay Company. They continued via the Red River south to the United States border. The expedition then continued through turtle Mountain, Fort Ellice, Roche Percée, then north along the South Saskatchewan River to Fort Carlton, then along the North Saskatchewan River, where they spent the winter of 1857/1858. In the summer of 1858, Palliser split his expedition into three teams. The two led by Hector and Blakiston began the search for passes through the Rocky Mountains. With five companions (Samuel Ballenden, Robert Sutherland, Joseph Brown, Nimrod, and Peter Erasmus). John Foulds was born on June 27, 1830 in St. James, the Metis son of John Foulds Sr.1 (b: 1798 in Liverpool, England d: August 27, 1868 in St. Andrew's Parish) and Mary Fiddler (b. June 27, 1811 in Chalk Portage and baptized in Norway House) Mary was the Metisse daughter of Peter Fidler and Mary-Muskegon-“Metheweman” John married Ann “Nancy” Adams (b: 1835) on January 4, 1855 at High Bluff. She was the daughter of George Adams (b. 1796) and Anne Haywood. John Foulds died in 1903 at
Lindsay, Saskatchewan.

Edited and Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute


In 1823-24 John was listed as a servant to Donald McKenzie (1783-1851), the Governor of Assiniboia. John continued as a Labourer at Fort Garry until his contract expired in 1825, after which he left the HBC service to become a Red River colonist.